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Joy Dorlac

September 11, 1929 ~ March 17, 2018 (age 88)

Joy Dorlac


Joy Dorlac was born September 11, 1929 in Englewood. She went home to be with the Lord March 17th in Englewood. Her parents were Louie and Ferne Wilson. She had two older brothers, Louie “Junior” and Raymond.  She graduated from Englewood High School in 1946. Joy attended the Lamont School of Music at DU, majoring in Music Education, graduating in 1950. She married John October 18, 1953 and started a family. They had a daughter Greta and a son, Louie. They were married 53 years.

Joy was very involved in music with the First Baptist Church of Englewood. She had a trio and band that traveled with Harvey Springer to do Revivals. A young man named John needed a piano player for his band. A mutual friend recommended he contact Joy. In 1949 when they met, was the beginning of their life together.

Joy worked at Lowry AFB for 35 years retiring as an Avionics Technical Writer in 1985. In 1987 John and Joy moved to Grand Junction. Music continued to be a big part of their life. Most knew them because of that. She loved the outdoors, camping and fishing. In the evening around the campfire, Joy would grab her accordion and John his guitar. Hours of music were played as the fire flickered.

Joy is predeceased by the love of her life, both parents, both brothers, and her son. She is survived by her daughter, Greta Lea (David), their 3 sons, Chris (Michelle), Matthew (Kristine), Shane, and Louie’s 2 sons, Steven and Johnathon (Krystal) and two great-grand daughters, Riley and Ariya. Contributions can be made in Joy’s name to the Friends of the Talking Book Library, 180 Sheridan, Denver, 80226.

Services will be held at the Bullock Colonial Chapel on Friday, March 23rd at 1:00 p.m. with interment following at Littleton Cemetery.

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